Narrated by: James Marsters
Published by Roc on Feb 6, 2007
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
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There's no love lost between Harry Dresden, the only wizard in the Chicago phone book, and the White Council of Wizards, who find him brash and undisciplined. But war with the vampires has thinned their ranks, so the Council has drafted Harry as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in the Windy City.
As Harry adjusts to his new role, another problem arrives in the form of the tattooed and pierced daughter of an old friend, all grown-up and already in trouble. Her boyfriend is the only suspect in what looks like a supernatural assault straight out of a horror film. Malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in Chicago, but it's all in a day's work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob....
This book surprised me by revealing a lot about a character that Harry has a spotty past relationship with: Charity Carpenter. She’s always seemed to hate Harry without any specific reason, and this book really helped fill in the holes in that attitude. It was interesting to get to know her better, and see what motivated her attitude towards Harry. The revelations really show how far in advance the series was plotted, and how intricate everything is woven together.
Charity isn’t the only female Carpenter in the book. Molly is all grown up and in serious trouble of her own. She really is a bucket of lava in terms of trouble, and Harry definitely tries his hardest not to get burned.
The developments near the end are surprising and exciting as always, and I can’t wait to see how Harry handles them. Something tells me what’s coming up will be way tougher than becoming a Warden, or learning about a vampire half-brother, or even having his girlfriend turn into a partial vampire. It should be entertaining, to say the least.